Have you ever wondered the best foods to eat as you age? Especially the ones that can help improve and protect our brains? This week on the blog, we are talking about food for thought (literally)! Our diets can really impact our bodies in various different ways. Certain foods have properties that can immensely improve our mental capabilities. Below, we’ve outlined some of the best brain foods that can help with memory, cognitive abilities, and provide our bodies with necessary nutrients.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, these are the ‘good for you fats’, the ones our bodies needs and love. Avocados are great because they can prevent blood clots in the brain, which is most basically stroke prevention. Avocados are also filled with protein and essential vitamins that need to be replenished daily such as vitamin B and vitamin C. Avocados can be added to various different dishes such as salads, in smoothies, or paired with an egg for breakfast.
Coconut oil is known for being an anti-inflammatory and has shown to temporarily improve the memory of those with dementia. Virgin coconut oil can be a great and healthier substitute for butter when baking or cooking.
The darker the chocolate typically the healthier for you it is! Snacking on dark chocolate is great way to help lower blood pressure and allow blood flow to be improved to the heart and brain. In addition, dark chocolate also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties allowing you to fulfill a craving and get some health benefits while doing so.
This type of fish is full of nutritious value that can improve our mental abilities. Salmon contains omega-3 which are another form of those ‘good for you fats’ the ones that help us improve our memories. Salmon is also a great source of protein. However, be mindful of the type of salmon being purchased, wild caught Alaskan salmon is the fish to be on the lookout for when eating salmon for these health benefits.
Berries have incredible health benefits. According to research conducted by Nurses Health Study, “greater intake of blueberries and strawberries were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.” Blueberries, in particular, are full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber which help to protect our brains from deteriorating. A few blueberries a day can help keep our brains from going astray!
There are a wide variety of “superfoods” that can improve our brains capabilities. Adding a these foods into our everyday diets can have positive effects. As we get older, our diets definitely become more important and can impact us either positively or negatively. Be proactive, take the time to do some research and ensure you or an elderly loved one is maintaining a healthy diet!
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